Congratulations! You’ve recorded an interview, and helped make history. So now what do you do with it?
Option One: Don’t do anything else with it. Just save your recording(s) on your computer, or an external hard drive, and you’ll have a record you can revisit whenever you like.
Option Two: Transcribe it. There are many ways to turn your audio recording into text. You can use voice-to-text software, transcription software, or listen carefully to your recording and type out what you hear. Having a text transcript of your recording will make it much easier to revisit in future years.
Option Two-and-a-Half: Get it transcribed for free! For a suggested donation of $10 or more to your local food bank, I am happy to transcribe up to fifteen minutes of your audio material, and send you a professional-quality transcript. Contact me here for more details.
Extra Option! Donate your audio recording or transcript. Many museums and archives are collecting records of life during COVID-19. Simply look up your community’s local museum or archives, and ask them if they would like a copy of your interview. They will prompt you to provide any extra material they might need. Contact me if you would like more guidance about this process.